3 cigarettes a day
That day have come when you decided to quit. You know your ultimate goal- to be free from nicotine and straight way to it looks the fastest if not the easiest. You are going to smoke zero cigarettes a day, someday, so why not tomorrow? I wrote my opinion about going cold turkey here. If it’s your way- fine, but why you are reading this when? The fastest and most consistent way to quit permanently is the way around, to my mind.
The day you decided to quit smoking, you should decide to reach not more than 5 cigarettes per day smoked. That has to be the first milestone. Do not think further. If you are not a hard smoker, or you are motivated a lot, you may smoke less than that from the day you decided. If you are the one, who smokes two packs a day and a single thought about quitting terrifies you, your goal for next month from tomorrow might be not more than a pack per day for example. You are the one who makes the rules here. As long, as you are determined to stick to them.
Quit smoking- terrifying idea
I see quitters terrified from the idea they never smoke again. Addiction is so strong, devil every smoker have domesticated, is whispering, that life without those daily nicotine infused moments gonna be dull, sad and incomplete. Who wants life like that? Who needs it? It’s better to have full life with a puff of poison, than plenty of healthy sadness and incompleteness.
Imagine the same quitting situation with a license for yourself to smoke say 4 cigs a day. I suggest having 3 routine cigarettes and 1-2 guilty off track ones. You smoked your morning one, you reach for the second in half an hour but remember then, the plan to smoke the second after dinner only. Yes it is hard, you need a bit of willpower to wait, but there is no terrifying thoughts about eternal cravings. Just in 3 hours you’ll have your second daily smoke.
I dare you to smoke 3-5 cigarettes a day until you forget about nicotine craving. Your daily smokes becomes in to routine pleasurable habit. Only then you may start considering quitting for good.
Health during quitting smoking
Physical health issues are personal then quitting smoking, so you may disagree to what I write, but people who are trying to quit cold turkey complains on headaches, cough, insomnia, pains across all their body. It may be physical or psychological, I am not an expert, but the fact is that some kind of abstinence presets when you cut off nicotine is sudden manner.
While you decrease amount of cigs smoked per day, your body adapts to lower nicotine daily intake. At the time you reach 3 cigarettes per day, you may be sure, your body is clean enough, you will not feel any physical discomfort, even if all cigs of the world disappears tomorrow.
You remain a light smoker then you smoke about a pack a week, but your body is clean enough not to feel abstinence. Not only body in fact. Your mind treats smoking differently as well. I may tell you from my own experience- to smoke a pack a day and a pack a week, is way greater difference in terms of health, then to smoke 3 cigs a day compared to zero.
We quit smoking for health reasons 100%, so lets start to quit from day one and enjoy the benefits. Fear, fatigue, pains and cravings are not signs of healthy life. They are the result of cold turkey. People are complaining, that those signs does not go away for months. Do we need it? I say quitting has to be enjoyable with the least amount of stress possible. Let me know your opinion in the comments does it sound too good to be true.
Cravings ad willpower
While quitting once and for good, every smoker needs to build his plan how he will fight those cravings. They will come pretty fast, and nobody knows when they pass and never come back. Some quitters claim that cravings come back over and over for years. You need a pretty good plan in that case.
The beauty with daily cigarettes reduction is, you may or may not have a craving kill plan. You may simply rely on your willpower. The worst thing may happen, you smoke your daily cig earlier than planned. The very worst you can do is to smoke more than you allow yourself. In that case you just not ready for so few daily smokes, that is it. Future’s still bright. As long as you plan your smokes, and smoke consciously, you are on the path of quitting.
The Best part of quitting gradually is, the less you smoke, the fewer cravings you encounter. The less enjoyable cigarettes you smoke. Smoking becomes more as an old habit, then an addiction. Our final goal is to quit totally, remember? I tell you what, only if you do not feel any of significant craving, you may say farewell to cigarettes, otherwise, even if you quit cold turkey successfully, you are going to remember that lusty nicotine craving for long. You don’t need it for two reasons. First of all, pretty great chance remains, you gonna light up again after years of not smoking. More than that, you may have a hard time to quit, as you going to remember how hard it was that last time to quit years ago. Secondly, even if you never touch any cig again, you are going to remember your nicotine rich period of life as time, when you had one extra pleasure, that you do not let yourself now. You will persuade yourself your life is way better without cigies, and it will be, but this one guilty deadly pleasure will be forbidden. As long as you remember it as pleasure.
Your own rules of your own life
You made a decision to quit by yourself hopefully. Come up with your personal plan how to do it wisely. Check this 3 step quitting program that you may design yourself by the rules I give you. If you want to be a happy nonsmoker ever after for the rest of your life, you have to do way more, then not to smoke anymore. You also have to stop wanting it. You have to remember your smoking history without nostalgia.
In order to accomplish so many tricky personal goals, you have to do it in your own personal way. Not to quit cold turkey and blame yourself for those few smokes on Friday night. Tell yourself from the start, you are on the right path, as long as you are putting your effort every day to reduce. The only right way to quit is your own way, no matter which time you start again. This is one long personalized quitting journey, not a separate attempt.